Pittsburgh Mercy’s Reindeer Ball Dazzles Children with Storybook Characters

December 3, 2017
Photos by Annie O’Neill Photography. Pittsburgh Mercy’s 14th Annual Reindeer Ball. December 3, 2017. Pittsburgh Mercy’s 14th Annual Reindeer Ball. December 3, 2017.
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Pittsburgh Mercy’s 14th Annual Reindeer Ball, a spectacular children’s gala and evening of holiday fun for families with young children, was held Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, Downtown. The evening benefited vital Pittsburgh Mercy programs and services.

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Dressed in their holiday finest, guests mingled with some of their favorite holiday characters and storybook friends; created holiday crafts; decorated holiday cookies; enjoyed balloon and caricature artists; and savored a holiday meal from adult and child-​friendly buffet stations. While awaiting Santa Claus’ arrival after dinner, Emmy Award-​winning RWS Entertainment Group, a New York City-​based entertainment company founded by Western Pennsylvania native and Point Park University alumna Ryan W. Stana, dazzled Reindeer Ball guests with “Christmas in Neverland,” a glittering holiday revue featuring popular storybook characters. An estimated 450 guests attended the gala.

Pittsburgh Mercy, one of the region’s largest health and human service providers, offers integrated, community-​based physical and behavioral health programs to adults, children, adolescents and families. Of the 33,000+ people Pittsburgh Mercy serves annually, more than 7,000 are children and adolescents. Pittsburgh Mercy empowers individuals and families to overcome barriers and lead healthy, successful lives in the community.

Pittsburgh Mercy is the only Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Additionally, Pittsburgh Mercy’s child and adolescent crisis diversion, acute stabilization, and partial hospitalization programs are accredited by CARF International, an independent international accrediting body. Pittsburgh Mercy is a member of Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.

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